Facebook launched a video conferencing tool ‘Messenger Rooms’ in April 2020 to compete with Zoom and other video platforms. ‘Messenger Rooms’ allow group video calls of up to 50 people with no time limit. According to a report from WABetaInfo, a shortcut for Messenger Rooms has been spotted on the WhatsApp Web version 2.2019.6.

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Via Messenger Rooms shortcut, users directly go to the Messenger Rooms window from their WhatsApp chat to start a video call.
  • The main shortcut to create a Messenger Room will be visible in the actions list in the chat.
  • Users can join a call using a PC or phone.

It will enable users to connect with their friends and family via Messenger Rooms from their PCs and laptops. However, this new version hasn’t been rolled out to all users yet in your WhatsApp Web and Desktop update as it is under development. The new feature would be available to WhatsApp users via future updates.

How can you use and create Messenger Rooms

The host initiates the call and is the only one who can add people to the call. The main shortcut to create a Messenger Room will be visible in the actions list in the chat, which is at the top right corner of the chat’s screen.

Once the user taps on the shortcut, another screen with the introduction to Messenger Rooms will open on the web version along with the option to “Continue in Messenger” in order to make the video call.

The option to create a room can be spotted on the main menu of the desktop version as well. It will be visible on the down-arrow button right above the chats.

If the user decides to create a room, WhatsApp will ask if he or she wants to be redirected to Messenger.

Reference

  1. Messenger Rooms to roll out: How they will work on WhatsApp for Web, features, and how to create (2020). Available at: https://www.timesnownews.com/technology-science/article/messenger-rooms-to-roll-out-how-they-will-work-on-whatsapp-for-web-features-and-how-to-create/589924 (Accessed: 13 May 2020).